“It is a popular delusion that the government wastes vast amounts of money through inefficiency and sloth. Enormous effort and elaborate planning are required to waste this much money.” -P.J. O’Rourke
Founded in 2011, The Carolina Ledger is a citizen-centered news site that examines fiscal issues affecting South Carolina.
Following the money.
Church life. Your child’s education. Your home life. Like it or not, government and government spending touches every aspect of our lives. The Carolina Ledger tracks issues related to government spending and reports on what these fiscal matters mean for readers.
When a bill to cut taxes or spending fails, we find out why. When projected economic development falls short, we write about it. As unemployment numbers rise and fall, we report on the underlying factors that keep people jobless and that boost the economy.
It’s your government. We think you deserve to know what government is doing with your money, why it’s doing it, and how it operates.
The Carolina Ledger uses traditional news and information-gathering methods to report fiscal news in a blog format. We love political opinion pieces, too, but let’s keep opinion where it belongs—on the opinion page.
A commitment to the ideals of a free press and to a press corp that’s competitive, providing readers with political and fiscal news that is relevant to daily life. A belief in a South Carolina that’s informed—not just on what happens in government, but also on the underlying causes of events.
Transparency–The Carolina Ledger aims to report on its sources, attempted contacts and other methods for information gathering. We work to provide context so we can treat our readers and sources fairly.
Accuracy–Nobody’s perfect, even though we strive for perfection here. But when we make a mistake, we work as quickly as possible to correct the error.
Fairness and balance–We aim to tell both sides of the story—because everybody has a story to tell, and we respect that. As we inspect why government does what it does and why things cost what they cost, we may occasionally tell one person’s story. But in an effort to find answers, we encourage diversity of input and opinion. After all, we’re all South Carolinians here.
Respect for sources and privileged information–Off-the-record—it’s a reporter’s least favorite phrase. But we respect our sources’ occasional need for anonymity. Additionally, we report on personal stories of how government spending—or a lack of it—affects people’s lives. We ask hard questions to get to the bottom of things, but we aim to be respectful of sources, no matter where they fall on the political spectrum.
About the founder
Jessica Cross is a South Carolina native and has been writing human-interest stories, and business and political news since 2006. A graduate of the University of South Carolina, Jessica earned her B.A. in English and studied political science as a student there. She free-lanced for such local publications as The Columbia Star and Lexington Life Magazine through 2009. She served for several months as the volunteer communications advisor for the South Carolina Campaign for Liberty later that year. From October 2009 through January 2011 she was the grass roots advisor for former Gov. Mark Sanford, where she got to know political activists all over the state.
Jessica continues to cultivate relationships with other politicos, left-leaning and right-leaning, who influence fiscal policy in South Carolina. She lives in the Columbia area with her husband, Chris Lindsey.